Have you ever tried to order a martini and the next thing you know, you feel as though your bartender is interrogating you with the game of 20 questions and you are parched by the end of the order?
Or have you ever tried to order a cocktail and use the terms affiliated with martinis and sounded like this, “I’ll have a Kettle One Martini, please. I’d like it up, dirty, on the rocks, kind of dry, shaken not stirred, very wet, with just a dash of olive juice.”
The terms are simple to learn, but can make a GREAT DEAL of a difference in the cocktail you receive.
Up– martini is served in a chilled martini glass
On the rocks– martini is served in a rocks glass over ice
Dirty– olive juice is added in the martini
Straight up– no olive juice is added in the martini
Dry– a small amount of vermouth is added in the martini
Wet– a large amount of vermouth is added in the martini
Shaken– the contents of the martini are shaken in a shaker to chill the contents
Stirred– the contents are stirred without ice, preventing ice crystals in the martini